Full-back Roland De Marigny has underlined his belief that Italy are capable of winning at least one game in this season's RBS 6 Nations.
Battling performances in the home defeats by Ireland and Wales have given the Azzuri hope they can avoid the wooden spoon for a third consecutive season, after becoming a much-improved side under the stewardship of former All-Black John Kirwan.
De Marigny has targeted the February 26 clash with Scotland at Murrayfield as the game his side are most likely to triumph in, despite Italy never having won a Six Nations game on the road.
"We have certainly improved after the last World Cup, our coaching staff are doing a great job and we really deserve at least one win in the Six Nations," De Marigny said.
"The game at Murrayfield is very important for us in every respect. We are going to Scotland with the intention of dominating the game.
"I believe if we play like we did against the Irish and cut out the mistakes, then we are going to come back very happy and, of course, with a first away win in the tournament.
"However, we have to avoid a performance like the one in the second half against the Welsh, even if they did play well and deserved to win."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.